Markus Schreyer is a global explorer and a member of the Senior Leadership Team of Design Hotels™, a handpicked collection of over 300 design-driven luxury hotels across the globe. As Vice President – The Americas he is responsible for developing the hotel portfolio, the business support of all member hotels, travel trade, media and strategic partners, as well as for expanding the brand awareness and reach in North and South America. In his role, he recently introduced Further, a new Design Hotels™ initiative, bringing diverse communities together to co-create meaningful immersive experiences with a social impact. Markus brings more than 15 years of experience in global hospitality, predominantly with Hilton International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he held several senior roles in Sales & Marketing. Before joining Design Hotels™ he was Regional Director of Marketing, East & Central Europe, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts responsible for Brand, Digital, Loyalty and Partnership Marketing. Markus holds a Master of Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Innovation Management. He is an author of several innovation publications in key magazines and books.